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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Dark purple/violet. Black pepper, cocoa, tobacco, black currants and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Blackberry and plum fruit flavors followed by full but well coated tannins, firm acidity and a long finish.
"The 2011 Petite Sirah Lytton Estate is fabulous. There is plenty of varietal notes in the glass, but the mid-weight structure is classic Ridge. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and melted road tar are layered into the explosive finish. The 2011 need some time in the glass for some initially awkward notes to blow off, so readers should be prepared to give the wine quite a bit of air.Rating: 94+"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"A fresh fruit and pure berry expression of Petite, with raspberry, huckleberry and pepper flavors that are crisp and refreshing, with good purity to the core of fruit, showing tobacco accents and a smoky black tea note. The tannins gain some traction on the finish. Drink now through 2024."
"Dark, juicy and lush with tangy blackberry and cassis; rich but balanced and complex; Paul Draper shows that it's possible to make a nuanced wine out of this "King Kong" of varieties. "
Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge...Read More About Ridge Vineyards
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
Petite Sirah(peh-TEET seer-AH) Not So Small There is nothing petite about this grape. Petite Sirah, the result of a crossing between Syrah and Peloursin, is also known as Durif. Being the father, Syrah imparted some of its flavors and characteristics to its offspring, but the two grapes are decisively different. Petite Sirah is mostly found in California, where it gained...Read More About Petite Sirah
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